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Garcia's Pan Pizza
If you’re looking for a great pizza restaurant with an inviting ambiance visit Garcia's Pizza In A Pan. We offer original pan pizza, thin crust pizza, Chicago-style stuffed pizza, and more – all at competitive prices. Delivery service is available. Expect friendly service, great-tasting pizzas, and satisfaction because we believe you deserve nothing less. Come join the long line of our satisfied customers.
Plenty to do and see while enjoying great food! Lunch and dinner served.
Jacksonville Main Street’s Fine Arts Festival
Arts, food and fun all in downtown Jacksonville. Exhibits for show or sale include oil or acrylic paintings, watercolors, pastels, pencil art, photography, and mixed media.
Hudson's Talk of the Town
Lunch & Dinner
Great Italian offerings at reasonable prices. Dine in or carry out.
Each August, hundreds of thousands of people come to Central Illinois to experience all the entertainment and excitement that the Decatur Celebration has to offer. Headliners cap off a weekend full of family fun with unique food vendors, 3 blocks of arts and crafts, a carnival, and something exciting around every corner. Please visit the website for a full list of performances.
Serving outstanding Mexican cuisine including beef, chicken, fajitas, papa nachos, pork, shrimp, tacos & vegetarian offerings along with appetizers, house specialties and drink specials. Enjoy our shrimp specials Monday -Thursday!
The Award Shop
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Wild Hare Cafe
Don't be surprised by the Alice-in-Wonderland nature of the Wild Hare Café's décor, which incongruously proves to be a nice complement to its simple but eclectic menu. Serves lunch Tuesday to Saturday and dinner service on Friday and Saturday evenings.
McDonald's Family Restaurant
It is the longest running active full service restaurant in the area (over 57 years now) and has long been a favorite for locals and visitors alike. This family-owned and operated haven for comfortable and palate-pleasing dining, features a full menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner with breakfast being available all day. McDonald's is well known for their broasted chicken and broasted catfish, always fresh never frozen, and they make some of the best burgers that you'll find anywhere, all hand formed, char broiled or grilled, in quarter and half pound increments.
Lincoln Theater 4
Built in 1922, the theater built by Steve Bennis opened in 1923 showing "John Quincy Adams Sawyer." It was originally a single screen featuring an organ and live stage shows as well. The number of screens was doubled in 1985 and then again in the mid nineties. Downtown Lincoln is a great place to grab dinner and a movie while exploring the Mother Road.
Frugality NFP is a charitable thrift shop in which most items are 99 cents each and all profits are given to a different local charity every month. Frugality has thousands of items including family clothing, house wares, home decor, books, purses, shoes, and more. We are always replenishing the stock for sale.
Serving breakfast and lunch with a wide variety of good old home cooking.
Cascade Gardens Poultry & Eggs
This is more than the typical greenhouse with beautiful plants and the array of colors amaze you. This is a farm family raising chickens for eggs and meat, offering the “hands-on” experience to see what it is like to “be with the chickens!” In the fall, this is a fun place to go for mums and pumpkins, and they also have fall decorations. Open April-September. Groups are welcome.
The Barn Restaurant
By the Bean
Winter Ice Solstice at the Effingham Performance Center
This year's Winter Ice Solstice will have you frozen to your chair with excitement while watching professional ice skaters glide across the EPC stage in a performance like none other! Take a peek into the winter wonderland and get your snow gear ready for a Solstice for audiences of all ages. So get your tickets now and don't miss the show at 7:30 p.m.
Krieger's Sports Grill
Krieger's features great viewing for all your favorite sports action with numerous high-definition screens so you will never miss the action. Krieger's is not only the place for sports fans, but for families as well. We serve up kids eat free every Wednesday.
Local establishment serving breakfast all day & other American comfort fare in a casual space.
The Math Maniac Show at the Effingham Performance Center
In Max Millions' fast-paced, up-beat and highly visual demonstrations, The Math Maniac proves that learning math and fun go together naturally live at the EPC at 10 a.m.
Memorial Sunken Gardens
Started in 1932, the sunken gardens were developed inside Forest Park. The lush garden and its scenic surroundings are open to the public and is available for weddings, reunions, and more.
Cathrine's Custom Framing Gallery & Gifts
One of a kind and handmade items fill the gallery. Find yourself strolling among pottery, jewelry and beautiful photography. You can find your favorite goodies with a selection of chocolates, jellies and butters and more. 85% of items sold are from artisans in the county.
Memorial Day Tribute at the Effingham Performance Center
Three Chicks & A Stage present a Memorial Day musical tribute to our local veterans and military.
Lucky's Food & Spirits
A family style restaurant with great burgers, steaks and sandwiches to help you unwind after a busy day in Amish Country.
The Flower Pot
Beautiful gift shop with fresh and silk flowers, gifts and accessories.
TNT takes great pride in the fact that almost everything we serve is hand made right here in our store. We're up early every day making everything from scratch to make sure you get the finest products available. From the bread and pizza dough we mix, to the meats, cheeses, and vegetables we slice right here. You won't find a fresher product anywhere else. A great product is guaranteed every time.
33rd Annual Pilot Club Holiday Home Walk & Tea Tour
Join us for glittering lights and trees and enchanting displays. Tour the beautifully (holiday) decorated homes. Tickets are $15 in advance and can be purchased at County Market, Family Gardens or from any Pilot Club member. Tea is being served at Knollwood Retirement Village.
Route 66 Arcade Museum
The Rt. 66 Arcade Museum is chock full of vintage pinball and video games from the 1930s-1970s - most of which can be played. It's the perfect place to misspend your youth all over again, one quarter at a time!
Once 'n Again
Save Money and Make Money at Once ‘n Again, a remarkable resale store! Shop an astonishing selection of your favorite brands at amazing prices! Once ‘n Again opened in 2001 and has two locations in Pontiac, IL and Fairbury, IL. Once ‘n Again sells clothing for the family, purses, shoes, jewelry, books, home décor, furniture and more. Store hours are 10am to 7pm, Monday-Saturday.
A Petterson Springs B&B
Located in a very historic area of Camargo, IL at the well-known Patterson Springs where the spring water fills three concrete pools on the grounds, within three acres of wooded nature land, next to the Embarrass River. The Gothic Revival house with a mansard roof was built in 1880. History abounds on the grounds from Native Americans drinking from the springs, to 1906-16 Chautauqua's, to a $50,000 amusement park from 1927-1942. Relax in the peaceful surroundings and enjoy the aura of a time gone by.
Junie B. Jones' Essential Survival Guide to School at the Effingham Performance Center
Come see an all-new musical adventure based on Barbara Park's popular book at 10 a.m.
Cruisin' with Lincoln on 66 Visitors Center
Located in the heart of Downtown Bloomington on Historic Route 66, the Cruisin with Lincoln on 66 Visitor Center exhibits cover stories about dining, lodging and travel, which were experienced by both Abraham Lincoln and Route 66 travelers. These are supplemented by local items, books, cards, maps and more!
The Price is Right Live at the Effingham Performance Center
The Price is Right Live is the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to "come on down!" to win prizes. Play classic games from the television's longest-running and most popular game show at the EPC at 7 p.m.
John Anderson at the Effingham Performance Center
See country chart-topper John Anderson sing his hits on his tour throughout America at the EPC at 8 p.m.
Rhonda Vincent & Gene Watson at Effingham Performance Center
See the Queen of Bluegrass, Rhonda Vincent, and her band, the Rage, with duet specials from the masterful country stylist, Gene Watson at 7 p.m.
Museum of the Gilding Arts
The Museum of the Gilding Arts' focus is the history, craft, and use of gold and silver leafing in architecture and in decoration throughout history. The exhibit features items from the Society of Gilders' Swift Collection. The M. Swift & Sons company manufactured gold leaf in Hartford, CT, and began its operations in 1887. Free Admission - Donation Only
Gaelic Storm at the Effingham Performance Center
Over the course of 10 albums and nearly 3,000 live shows, Gaelic Storm is dishing up a hearty serving of Full Irish tunes: See the Best of Gaelic Storm.
World famous donuts!
Mickey Gilley at the Effingham Performance Center
Country chart-topper Mickey Gilley will perform his hits live at the EPC at 7 p.m.
The Jason Bishop Show at the Effingham Performance Center
Come to the EPC at 7 p.m. to see why Jason Bishop is called America's Hottest Illusionist!
Forest Park is a municipal park with the Chautauqua Auditorium, Vietnam Memorial, Family Aquatic Center, picnic areas, pavilions, baseball & softball diamonds, fishing lagoon (Crystal Lake), skateboard park, soccer fields, a youth athletic center, and more. There is an entrance to the General Dacey trail at the back of the park and the Memorial Sunken Gardens have been revitalized. The park is also home to the Festival of Lights.
The Fab Four at the Effingham Performance Center
Experience the best Beatles tribute ever by The Fab Four at 8 p.m. Hear your favorite timeless classics and relive the sixties with their uncanny recreation.
Crystal Gayle at the Effingham Performance Center
Classical, country and spiritual artist Crystal Gayle performs her hits live at the EPC - Mother's Day weekend at 7 p.m.
9th Annual Crazy Horse Bluegrass Festival
The fun starts Friday night at 7 p.m. Two shows on Saturday and a gospel show on Sunday. Lots of fun and great music. Tickets can be purchased at the door if not camping. Line-up will be announced around March/April 2016. Everyone is welcome!
BJ Thomas at the Effingham Performance Center
As a true American institution whose iconic pop, country and gospel hits defined their respective generations and now transcends them, BJ Thomas performs at the EPC at 7 p.m.
Little River Band at the Effingham Performance Center
As one of the great vocal bands of the 70s and 80s, Little River Band performs their hits at the EPC to perform live at 7:30 p.m.
Clifford the Big Red Dog Live at the Effingham Performance Center
Watch as children's favorite, Clifford the Big Red Dog, comes to life on stage at the EPC in a big way in this interactive musical, starting at 4 p.m.
Locally owned sweets and bakery shop.
C.H. Moore Homestead
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this restored mansion and grounds whisk visitors back to the Victorian era. Once home to Clinton attorney Clifton H. Moore, visitors will enjoy tours and stories of the friend and law partner of Abraham Lincoln who one resided there. Home of the DeWitt County Museum.
17th Annual Jacksonville Rotary Club Bass Tournament
17th Annual Jacksonville Rotary Club Bass Fishing Tournament at Lake Jacksonville. People come from all the surrounding areas to compete in this tournament. Prizes are awarded. If you enjoy fishing and like competition, this event is for you. Register early... only 40 boats allowed in the tournament.
Anju Above promises to make Farm to Table dining more accessible by offering seasonally sensitive, locally grown cuisine in a fast and casual setting. Anju Above's menu features classic Neapolitan pizzas, sushi specifically created for the Midwestern palate, Asian dumplings, and a modern and interactive bar. Our purpose is to blend internationally inspired small dishes with socially responsible farming techniques to create a fast and fun, farm fresh experience for our guests.
Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus Live at the Effingham Performance Center
Based on the best-selling book, this hysterical show will have couples elbowing each other all evening as they see themselves on stage. The show starts at 8 p.m.
Locally owned Mexican restaurant.
Residence Inn by Marriott
Come visit the area's newest hotel! The Residence Inn by Marriott Decatur Forsyth is the premier extended-stay hotel located just off I-72 and US Route 51. Our hotel is located just walking distance from restaurants, such as Texas Roadhouse, Applebee's, Buffalo Wild Wings, Red Lobster, and Cheddar’s. The hotel is less than a mile from excellent shopping at the Hickory Point Mall, the golf & banquet facility at Hickory Point Golf Course, Carmike Cinema, and beautiful Forsyth Park. We are a short drive to historic downtown Decatur and Millikin University. We are also in close proximity to the area's top leading hospitals, Decatur Memorial Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital. Our suite-style rooms truly blend the comforts of home featuring full kitchens and separate areas for relaxing, working, and sleeping. Start your day with a complimentary hot buffet breakfast (7 days per week) and then end it at our evening social (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday). Also, we offer a 24-hour fitness center and guest laundry access, valet dry cleaning, grocery shopping service, convenience market and pool/spa. We look forward to welcoming you soon at the new Residence Inn Decatur Forsyth!
Central Illinois Jazz Festival
Put on by Decatur’s Juvae Jazz Society, this annual celebration of all types of jazz is held at the Decatur Conference Center & Hotel. Hundreds of folks come from all around the Midwest to spend the weekend partying, dancing, parading and listening to great jazz musicians with their friends. Book early as the festival fills up fast! The three day, multiple venue festival features world class musicians under one roof. Includes lots of events such as New Orleans style Umbrella Parade, Pianorama, Banjorama, Late Night Jam Session, and Sunday Jazz Brunch. Bands plus special guest performers from East and West Coast and points in between play your favorite music style - Chicago, New Orleans, Swing, Ragtime and Boogie Woogie Piano.
Maple Syrup Time
For 4 weekends in February and early March, you're invited to walk with us into the Garden's sugar bush as we tap our maples. Help us collect the sap as it flows from the trees and cook it down to pure maple syrup. A great way to shake the winter blues!
Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Springfield
After four years of planning and construction, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant opened in 2005 in Orland Park, a south suburb of Chicago. The concept was unique. We would create a signature menu with a selection of dishes designed to pair perfectly with our own Cooper’s Hawk wines, made in our own private winery. With sophisticated food and exceptional wines, our concept was born. The Cooper’s Hawk concept includes four distinct components: an upscale casual dining restaurant, full-service bar, private barrel-aging room, and Napa-style tasting room and retail gift store…all under one roof. Each Cooper’s Hawk location is distinctive in layout and décor, but carries the same warmth and elegance that guests have come to expect.
Locally owned family style restaurant.
The Burger Board
Locally owned. Burger, fries, shakes and ice cream.
Sleepy Creek Bed & Wine
A truly unique lodging experience is available at Sleepy Creek Vineyards! The lodging facility includes a full kitchen, living space, two private bedrooms, and a sleeping loft with maximum sleeping capacity of 10. The spacious retreat is close to Kickapoo State Park, Kennekuk County Park, and of course just steps away from the scenic 10 acre vineyards at Sleepy Creek.
Red Roof Inn & Suites
Red Roof Inn & Suites Danville is a family-friendly hotel, conveniently located off of Interstate 74. This hotel is near many local businesses, including McLane Midwest, Sygma, Alcoa and the AutoZone Distribution Center. Plenty of shopping and dining options are also available in the area. The hotel is just a short drive from Kickapoo State Park and Forest Glen Preserve.
Lincoln’s Birthday Celebration
Enjoy tall tales and stories while listening to the servants at the Davis Mansion reminisce about Mr. Lincoln, whom they knew as a lawyer in Bloomington. Meet Mr. Lincoln and enjoy birthday cake and lemonade!
8th Annual Crazy Horse Bluegrass Festival
Friday and Saturday performances and a Sunday morning gospel show.
Palm's Grill Cafe
Blue-plate specials, bingo, and a bus stop! Lovingly restored to its circa 1935 appearance, the café now invites visitors to step back in time and experience the way it used to taste. Groups welcome. Open seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
8th Annual Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon
A Boston Marathon qualifier, the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon is the premier running event in the area. With over 20,000 runners from 48 states and 10 countries participating in the 5k, 10k, half and full marathon, relay and youth run, you’ll see why Runner’s World name is one of “Ten Fun, Feature-Filled Marathons Launched in the Past Five Years”.
David Davis Mansion
The David Davis Mansion was the home of Judge David Davis, the friend, mentor and campaign manager for Abraham Lincoln. The elegant 36-room Victorian home tells the story of the generation that led the United States through the Civil War and early years of Reconstruction.
Functional stoneware is the main objective at Kickapoo Pottery. All pieces are handthrown on the potters wheel, lead free, oven and microwave safe.
Illinois College Fine Art Series: Made in America - Homer Ferguson
Homer Ashton Ferguson III, a 2000 graduate of Illinois College, will return to the Hilltop for a wonderful evening of organ music. Ferguson is currently a doctoral candidate in keyboard performance at Arizona State University from which he received a Master's degree in 2002.
Petals & Paintings at the Krannert Art Museum
Krannert Art Museum celebrates University of Illinois Moms Weekend by opening its doors to world-class floral designers who create one-of-a-kind arrangements inspired by works of art on display at KAM. The 24th annual Petals & Paintings exhibition will be open to the public from 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday, April 9 and from 12 noon – 5 pm on Sunday, April 10, 2014. Special docent-led tours will be available free of charge from 10 am – 4 pm Saturday. The exhibition is free and open to the public. It is curated by Rick Orr, a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers.
Pride of the Prairie Marble Show
The Pride of the Prairie Marble Show takes place twice a year in the winter and fall. Free and open to the public all three days, you can experience buying, selling, and trading among some of the nation's greatest marble collectors. Have marbles of your own? Feel free to bring some along for free identifications and appraisals!
Cruisin' With Lincoln on 66
The main source for information about McLean County’s historic and modern attractions in the Bloomington-Normal area is the "Cruisin’ with Lincoln on 66" Visitors Center. Located in Downtown Bloomington, the Visitors Center provides information on all of the wonderful attractions, events, dining and lodging available in McLean County. Their exhibits highlight two types of heritage tourism that is integral to Central Illinois: Historic Route 66 and Abraham Lincoln. The gift shop is filled with local products, memorabilia and more!
Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games
Summer Games is Special Olympics' Illinois premiere sports competition with more than 4,000 athletes and Unified Partners competing in 6 different sports, along with 1,600 coaches, 2,000 volunteers and 3,300 family members. That totals almost 11,000 people who attend Summer Games annually! The Summer Games are held at Illinois State University in Normal and the Illinois Wesleyan University campus in Bloomington. A variety of activities are provided for the participants in addition to the sports competitions.
Coffee, fresh brewed teas, from scratch pastries, crepes, sandwiches, and salads.
Spring Bloom Arts Festival
Presented by the McLean County Arts Center, one of the oldest community arts organizations in the Midwest. Held at Illinois State University’s Brown Ballroom, The Spring Bloom Arts Festival is a juried show of fine art and fine craft featuring 70 exhibitors from across the nation.
Jacksonville Rotary Valentine Dance
A wonderful evening with dinner, dancing, live entertainment, silent/ live auctions and lots of laughs. Come with your significant other or come with friends. There will be lots of fun people to mingle with.
Grand Illinois Trail and Parks Bike Tour
The 14th annual GITAP bicycle tour provides a fully-supported, bicycle-based vacation for up to 225 registrants. This year’s ride starts and ends at Coal City High School, with overnight stays in Oglesby, Washington, Bloomington-Normal (two nights), and Pontiac. Participants average 50 miles per day on quiet country roads and some off-road trails, while their luggage is transported to the next overnight destination. Riders choose between camping at designated in-town locations or staying in nearby motels. The event is not a race. Individuals ride at their own pace touring the countryside and visiting towns, restaurants, and convenience stores along the way. Breakfasts and dinners are provided. Registration costs $460 (extra for motel option) with no pledge fundraising involved.
Illinois High School Shrine Game
The 42nd Annual Illinois High School Shrine Game is scheduled for June 18, 2016 at Tucci Stadium on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University. The goal of the Illinois High School Shrine Game is to have 88 all-star football players play in this annual event to represent the Illinois Coaches Association and to help support the mission Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Pasta Alley is a small business which employs adults with developmental disabilities in Decatur, IL. As many as 25 individuals currently help with the production process including the mixing, packaging, and labeling of our unique and flavorful pastas, soups, breads, and sauces. We carry 20 flavors of fettuccine and linguine: garlic and herb, sun-dried tomato basil, habanero, spinach, lemon pepper, sweet basil champagne, and many more. We carry five flavors of angel hair, four flavors of whole wheat, seven flavors of glutenfree, ten different sauce flavors, 15 different soups and breads, and eight different dipping oils
IHSA Girls Basketball Class 1A & 2A State Finals
Illinois High School Association Girls Basketball State Finals Class 1A & 2A is held at Redbird Arena. This tournament provides an unforgettable experience for fans and spectators!
Special Olympics Illinois State Basketball Tournament
March Madness is in full swing with the Special Olympics Illinois Basketball Tournament. 1,500 athletes compete in this event held at Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan University.
Black Jewell Popcorn
Circa 1963 in the small Southern Illinois town of St. Francisville, Black Jewell Popcorn began growing and selling a unique and proprietary strain of black kernel popcorn. It pops snow white and virtually free of hulls. We are a family-owned company, and we’re passionate about and committed to the high quality of popcorns we provide our customers. We believe in the healthy 100% natural grain goodness of our Black Jewell popcorn.
IHSA Girls Basketball Class 3A & 4A State Finals
Illinois High School Association Girls Basketball State Finals for Class 3A & 4A tournament held at Redbird Arena. This tournament provides an unforgettable experience for fans and spectators!
The Decatur-Forsyth Classic, held at the Hickory Point Golf Course, is the longest running tournament on the LPGA Symetra Tour and the third longest running women’s golf tournament on the LPGA. This year, the tournament at Hickory Point Golf Club will showcase a three day, 54 – hole stroke play professional tournament featuring a purse of $130,000.
87th Annual Gamma Phi Circus
2016 marks the 87th anniversary of the founding of Gamma Phi at Illinois State University in 1929 by Clifford "Pop" Horton. Come experience the oldest collegiate circus in the United States! Step right up and see fire-eaters, trapeze artists, tumblers, and more! Before Saturday’s 1 p.m. show, there will be a pre-show children’s carnival that begins at noon with games and activities for all ages. This special event is kid-approved and open to everyone that has a youth ticket to the matinee show. Admission to the carnival is the matinee ticket. The pre-matinee carnival is sponsored by the ISU Student Alumni Council.
IHSA Competitive Cheerleading State Finals
Cheerleading teams from across the state gather at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum to vie for the chance to be state champions.
Litchfield Pickers Market
This open air market specialized in items prior to 1980 including: antique, vintage, and refurbished items. Hundreds of vendors flood the streets of Downtown Litchfield every second Sunday of the month from April to October from 9 AM to 3 PM, beginning on the corner of Union Avenue (Route 16) and State Street. Food is available and live entertainment happens all day in Library Park.
Decatur Train Fair
Come enjoy the Spring Decatur Train Fair! Model trains will be on display and available for purchase! This is a family-friendly event sure to please everyone!
Big Dawg Dare
Are you a Big Dawg? Try this extreme 5K run through mud, mud, and more mud. Don’t forget, there are 30 obstacles too.
Route 66 Half Marathon, 5K, Mile Dash
Run down Historic Route 66 in this race down memory lane. On this flat course, you will have the opportunity to set a personal best. Plus, its filled with some of the oldest landmarks on Historic Route 66.
West Fork Encampment
This event will take you back in time with a historic re-enactment of military life from 1750-1820. Military and camping demonstrations will be provided daily. Both campers and public are welcome.
Try your hand at the Litchfield TriathLou at Lake Lou Yaeger. Swimming in Lake Lou Yaeger is the best open water swim you will have in the Midwest. There really is no comparison to this large beach with pristine flat racing water. The bike course is flat and fast with some great curves to keep you entertained the whole ride. Both the 5k and 10k runs see very honest mile paces with plenty of flats, and a couple hills throughout. Sprint and Olympic distances are available.
5K Freedom Fun Run
Celebrate the 4th of July with the 5K Freedom Fun Run through the picturesque scenery of Litchfield’s Lake Lou Yaeger. Show your patriotic side at this festive 5K.
RC Jet Rally
This remote control jet rally gathers some of the best scale model jets in the country. Live stunts and performances will be available to the public.
Blue Carpet Corridor Route 66 Celebration
Enjoy this multi-town scavenger hunt, complete with stops at many famous Route 66 locations. Start your adventure and pick up your passport at the Litchfield Museum & Route 66 Welcome Center.
From Vine to Wine
This fun and educational weekend offers a comprehensive overview of the wine-making process, along with plenty of opportunities for wine-tasting! “From Vine to Wine” will bring those interested in beginning or expanding their personal wine knowledge, guest vintners, and University educators to breathtaking Allerton Park & Retreat Center for a unique wining and dining experience. Seminars will cover grape production, turning grapes into wine, and a wine tasting course. Evening dinners will include specially prepared meals and wine pairings selected by the guest vintners.